The dream of everyone in need of losing a
few pounds: a pill to pop or a patch to attach
that will magically make those flabby pounds
disappear overnight and without effort. Catering
to that dream is big business, and hundreds
of companies offer products that suggest
(if not outright promise) that they are that
Recent publicity about the serious
of some weight loss remedies
those containing Ephedrine) have
that some chemicals can be quite
Nutritional supplements, a category
that includes many diet drugs,
are in a loosely
regulated area that does not
same level of scrutiny as medicines.
because a product is "natural"
or "herbal" does not
make it good.
Indeed, that is a lot of "natural"
mold and mildew growing around,
but we know
better than to start chomping
on that unless
we'd like to see the inside of
So, to pervert a common expression,
your poison wisely. Understand
ingredients a pill or patch (which
a different way for dispensing
a drug) contains.
Understand how they work (do
hunger? do they increase the
rate?) and if in doubt, talk
with your doctor.
And remember, the least expensive
performing solution for weight
the truly natural mix of sensible
and moderate exercise.